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"Where to Start" for New Graduates: A Step-by-Step Path Forward

The UK Careers Fair

So you've graduated, and now you're looking for your first job. But where do you start? Job hunting can seem like a daunting task - what should I wear, how long should my resume be, how will I know if the interviewer likes me? To help new grads get on their way to success, we have compiled some of our best tips into this blog post. Follow these tips, and soon enough, you'll be on your way to that dream job!

Ø Educate yourself on the job market

Self-education in the job market is an important task that new graduates should take upon themselves. This means looking at your resume and making sure it's up to date with the skills you have, including online courses if necessary. But also learning about the jobs available in your field so you can show employers all of the experience you already have when interview time comes around!

Ø Create a list of skills and experience that you have obtained in your degree program

You gained experience and skills during your degree program. For example, you will have gained experience in working with different types of people and personalities. You may also be familiar with working on a team or alone within your major field of study.

What are some skills that you learned?  Job responsibilities (internships at a law firm, hospital, etc.) Being able to handle stress well under pressure (exams/tests) Create a list of the skills and experience you have obtained in your degree program! This is important for making yourself stand out during an interview!

Ø Research specific jobs that interest you, and find out what education and experience they require

It is important to research the jobs you are interested in and what education and experience they require.

Job descriptions and job postings can be a great place to start. While they often list the specific education, experience, and skills required for that position, you may still want to reach out directly if there is something unclear or not listed. Job boards like Monster offer self-service tools such as Job Seeker Pro, where recruiters search your profile before reaching out about an opportunity.

Job websites like LinkedIn are also helpful because companies often share their internal career opportunities through this channel. You should also use all available resources, including social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, since hiring managers post jobs on these platforms too!

Ø Attend networking events where you can meet people who work in careers related to your interests

Attending networking events will allow you to meet people in your industry to help facilitate your entry into an organization or provide job opportunities.

Networking is also a great way to build relationships with people who could be future employers, customers, partners, and employees.

Ø Get involved with internships or volunteer opportunities - this will allow you to explore different career paths while also gaining valuable experiences for your resume.

Internships and volunteer positions are great ways to explore different career paths. You can find internships or volunteer opportunities through your school, friends, family members, churches/synagogues/mosques/etc., LinkedIn, Indeed .com,,, local businesses (like coffee shops), etc. Just be sure that the opportunity will look good on your resume when applying for jobs after graduation!

Taking a public service position is a great way to start.  For example, interning in public service is a great way for graduates with your college's career center and the help of faculty mentors.

Many colleges offer full-time volunteer opportunities within their communities or abroad through programs like AmeriCorps and City Year.

Additionally, exploring an international opportunity will allow you to get out of your comfort zone. At the same time, build skills such as adaptability, flexibility, empathy, and persistence (which truly matter when it comes time to interview).


The job market is tough, but don't lose hope. There are many things you can do to improve your chances of employment and earning more money. You have skills from your degree program that employers may be interested in, so make sure to list those on your resume as well as any relevant experience you've gained outside of school. Search for jobs online or attend networking events where recruiters might fill positions with candidates like yourself. Don't forget about the importance of self-marketing - it's an important part of finding success in today's competitive workforce!

Planning to apply for jobs when you’re all done with university? Check out The UK Careers Fair today! We’re the United Kingdom’s leading provider of job fairs, recruitment events and career fairs.

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